Author Archives: Don Yates, Music Director

Top 90.3: Don Yates’ Favorite Albums of 2007

Don Yates, Music Director of KEXP I’m fortunate enough to be able to hear a ton of music every year, but I wouldn’t pretend to have heard everything worthwhile -- there’s way too much music released nowadays for anyone to listen to all of it. Still, I’m happy to share my favorites, even though rankingRead more...

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KEXP Suggests Wilco

Jeff Tweedy has never been content to stay in one place musically, and Wilco‘s 6th studio album, Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch) is another surprising shift, moving away from the more aggressive experimentation of Wilco’s last two albums to a more relaxed and easy-going sound rooted in the mellow rock of the late ’60s and earlyRead more...

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Three of my favorite new releases

Guitar sounds often define a band, and three of my favorite new releases that we received this past week are from bands that revamped their guitar sound to one degree or another. The one on top is surprisingly the one whose guitar sound changed the least, considering the change in personnel. We Were Dead BeforeRead more...

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A variety of great music...

One of the things I love the most about KEXP is being able to hear a real variety of great music, and that was definitely the case this past week, with an incredibly diverse assortment of notable new releases arriving at the station. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF7E23FLiW4 This week’s highlights include the 2nd solo album from underground BrooklynRead more...

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New music keeps rolling in...

Even when the station is busy with pledge drives and other special events, the new music keeps rolling in, and we do our best to keep up with it all to make sure you’re given the opportunity to hear the new stuff as soon as possible. !!!, photo courtesy of satellite photo This week’s newRead more...

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Still basking in the glow of Merle Haggard

I’m still basking in the glow of a very special live show a little over a week ago pairing Merle Haggard with Neko Case. Neko opened with a gorgeous set that leaned hard on torchy ballads. Her powerful vocals were well-received by the crowd, and no doubt she converted more than a few folks whoRead more...

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Amy Winehouse: Bad-Ass Soul Singer

The 2nd album from this young British singer will be released in the US on March 13th, but expect to be hearing it a lot on KEXP before then. While her debut album leaned hard on smoky jazz ballads, the jaw-dropping Back to Black is steeped in ‘60s soul and R&B, and flavored with someRead more...

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The Whore Moans: Your New Favorite Band

Thanks to bands like the Hands, thee Emergency, the Blakes, Skullbot, the Earaches, Iceage Cobra, the Valley and a bunch of others, the Rock scene is making a bunch of glorious noise again in Seattle, and you can put near the top of that list the Whore Moans. Their just-released debut album Watch Out ForRead more...

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KEXP’s Year in Review: Don Yates, Music Director - The Music of 2006: From country and rock to hip hop and R&B

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50dzxkJa1NE I spent the year as usual immersed in music, and loving it. While I host KEXP’s twang show Swingin’ Doors, I also enjoy listening to a ton of other music so my best-of list includes whatever music I liked the most this year, from country and rock to hip hop and R&B. Beginning atRead more...

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Atmospheric country-folk from the NW.

Sera Cahoone on KEXP’s Audioasis, live from High Dive - 5/6/06 Photo Courtesy of Gregory Perez This former drummer for Seattle’s Carissa’s Wierd also happens to be a mighty fine songwriter, as evidenced by her self-titled solo debut album. It’s a gorgeous, low-key outing of atmospheric country-folk featuring a healthy amount of rootsy instrumentation andRead more...

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